Disney Blu-ray Disc in 2008
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment have announced their Blu-ray Disc plans for the first quarter of 2008 and beyond. The first big hitter is undoubtedly the first Platinum Edition Blu-ray Disc release with Sleeping Beauty in Autumn/Fall 2008. Alongside the high definition presentation of this restored classic you can expect new content including a Virtual Castle, utilizing the new BD-Live technology, as well as the interactive game Maleficent’s Challenge which puts viewers face-to-face with one of Disney’s greatest villains. Sleeping Beauty Blu-ray Disc will also feature an all-new enhanced home theater mix in 7.1 surround sound.
There is also a modern animated classic on the way in the form of Pixar’s Finding Nemo which will debut the first Cine-Explore featuring full motion picture-in-picture (BonusView). This interactive visual commentary with director Andrew Stanton, co-writer Bob Peterson and co-director Lee Unkrich allows the viewer to dive deeper into the making of Finding Nemo without ever leaving the film. For kids and families, there is the all-new BD-Java enabled learning mode “Mr. Ray’s Ed-venture.” Hosted by Dory, Marlin and of course Mr. Ray, viewers will learn all about sea life and have the opportunity to earn stickers for their virtual sticker book by answering “quizlettes” while watching the movie. Viewers can also go to their sticker book at any time and create their own scene. Finding Nemo will also feature an all-new enhanced home theater mix in 7.1 surround sound.
Worldwide release schedules follow…
08/01 – The Rock
08/01 – Con Air
22/01 – The Game Plan
05/02 – Crimson Tide
12/02 – Gone Baby Gone
12/02 – Becoming Jane
04/03 – The Rookie
11/03 – Dan in Real Life
And in Spring 2008 – Hidalgo, Coyote Ugly: The Double Shot Edition, Unbreakable, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and National Treasure: Collector’s Edition.
January: The Recruit
February: Dark Water, Underdog, Starsky & Hutch
March: Coyote Ugly, The Rookie
April: Hidalgo, Gone Baby Gone
May: Signs, There Will Be Blood, Shall We Dance, Ladder 49, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, National Treasure: Collector’s Edition
June: The Game Plan
April: The Rookie, Hidalgo, Meet the Robinsons, Starsky & Hutch
May: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Coyote Ugly, National Treasure: Collector’s Edition
Summer: Unbreakable, Signs